Operators within the Nigerian maritime trade have urged the federal authorities to observe due course of within the suspension and probe of the embattled Managing Director (MD) of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman.
Talking throughout a briefing, they insisted that the Ministry of Transportation couldn’t be the prosecutor and the decide in its personal courtroom.
The speedy previous President of the Girls’s Worldwide Delivery and Buying and selling Affiliation (WISTA), Mary Hamman, mentioned though she was not towards the suspension and investigation, due course of was required.
Hamman mentioned, “The Minister of Transportation mentioned he’s not conscious of what’s going on within the NPA since 2016, and that is why he arrange that 11-man panel. The one side I frown at is her not being queried earlier than getting suspended.”
The Coordinator of Save Nigeria Freight Forwarders (SNFF), Dr Osita Chukwu, on his half, mentioned the suspension of the MD of NPA was unjustifiable.
Dr Chukwu mentioned, “If an allegation is made, it is best to permit the particular person to defend herself somewhat than suspending her. This suspension is to ridicule the entire maritime sector. She has been the one making strikes to reform the trade.”
Additionally, the President of the Nationwide Affiliation of Authorities Accepted Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Enhance Uche, mentioned, “We pray that it’s for good. We pray that she didn’t commit any crime. The trade must be rejigged to enhance maritime operations.”
He urged Mohammed Bello-Koko, the performing MD of NPA, to swing into motion to make sure that the reforms being championed by the erstwhile MD have been sustained.